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Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914

Clive Emsley


The belief that crime declines at the beginning of major wars, as young men are drawn into the armed forces, and increases with the restoration of peace, as brutalized veterans are released on to a labour market reorganizing for peace, has a long pedigree in Britain; but it has rarely been examined critically and scarcely at all for the period of the two world wars of the twentieth century. This book is a serious investigation of criminal offending by members of the British armed services both during and immediately after these wars. Its particular focus is the two world wars but, recognizing ... More

Keywords: armed services, crime, criminal justice, military justice, penal policy, punishment, veterans, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653713
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Emsley, author
Emeritus Professor, Department of History, The Open University